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  • Marcus Morris drops 21 points with five treys
    Marcus Morris caught fire against the Lakers on Wednesday with 21 points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and five 3-pointers as the starting small forward.

    Advice: He owned the Lakers last season and got it going tonight in the blowout. In the post-game interview, Morris said he was practicing 200-300 attempts from beyond the arc per night, so it paid some immediate dividends. P.J. Tucker is still out for two more games, so fantasy owners should consider Marcus a near must-start option until further notice.
    Today, 12:31 am
  • Josh Smith fills the stat sheet in loss
    Josh Smith made 9-of-22 from the field and 7-of-11 from the line for 25 points against the Nuggets on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 36 minutes.

    Advice: The move to power forward looks like a winner, but this is still a very inefficient line. Smith was still 0-of-3 from beyond the arc, so those attempts aren't going to completely go away. Smith should have one more big opportunity with Greg Monroe being suspended for Thursday against the Wolves.
    Yesterday, 11:56 pm
  • Kyle Singler scores eight points as starter
    Kyle Singler played 30 minutes in the starting lineup against the Nuggets on Wednesday with eight points, two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He should get some run in the starting lineup and should have another chance for a decent usage with Greg Monroe sidelined for another game. Singler is more of a low-upside, safe guy to use in deeper leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:34 pm
  • Robin Lopez with quiet double-double
    Robin Lopez had 11 points, 10 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: He isn't flashy and exciting like Andre Drummond or Anthony Davis, but he is reliable, and should have another quality season as the starting C in Portland.
    Yesterday, 11:25 pm
  • Steven Adams quiet in start for OKC
    Steven Adams started and played 27 minutes, but finished with just eight points, seven rebounds, two steals and no blocks on 3-of-4 shooting Wednesday.

    Advice: Kendrick Perkins played 21 minutes and had four points, eight rebounds, a steal and a block off the bench, but Adams is still the guy you want to own here. He should be better than this on most nights, at least in theory.
    Yesterday, 11:16 pm
  • Serge Ibaka goes for 10-8-4 in loss
    Serge Ibaka had 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocks on 4-of-11 shooting Wednesday, and also hit a 3-pointer.

    Advice: You drafted him for boards and blocks, and while he wasn't a monster tonight, he was effective. He should have a big year for the shorthanded Thunder.
    Yesterday, 11:12 pm
  • Darren Collison goes for 13 & 8 in loss
    Darren Collison hit just 4-of-12 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, four rebounds, eight assists, five steals and a block in Wednesday's opening loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Throw out the poor shooting and Collison posted quite a line tonight. He's locked and loaded as the starting point guard in Sacramento and won't have Isaiah Thomas to deal with. He should be an effective fantasy point guard all year, barring any trades.
    Yesterday, 11:11 pm
  • Ben McLemore goes 0-for-5 in loss
    Ben McLemore started at SG on Wednesday, but missed all five of his shots to finish with zero points, two rebounds and a steal.

    Advice: He's dealing with an eye injury and simply didn't have it tonight. Hopefully he bounces back in the next one, but if he struggles again, you have to think about getting him out of your lineup until he figures it out.
    Yesterday, 11:08 pm
  • Andre Iguodala awful in opening win
    Andre Iguodala came off the bench in Wednesday's opener and hit just 1-of-6 shots for two points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He was 0-for-4 from downtown and 0-of-2 from the free throw line, which has become commonplace over the last few seasons. He'll be better than this on most nights and had a nice preseason, but we'd like him better if he were starting over Harrison Barnes.
    Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • Shaun Livingston plays four minutes
    Shaun Livingston played four minutes on Wednesday, despite being listed as doubtful due to a toe injury.

    Advice: He didn't score and will have a tough time making much noise playing behind studs like Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. But he could break loose on nights when the Warriors are up big.
    Yesterday, 11:01 pm
  • Klay Thompson hits 4-of-14 shots
    Klay Thompson hit just 4-of-14 shots and 2-of-8 3-pointers for 19 points, two rebounds, six assists, two steals, a block and five turnovers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Thompson and Steph Curry didn't bring their A games tonight, but still rocked the Kings 95-77. Thompson and Curry combined to hit just 4-of-17 3-pointers, but they're going to keep shooting them and be better than this on most nights. Thompson's turnovers were high, but that shouldn't be an ongoing problem with one of the league's premier shooting guards.
    Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Arron Afflalo plays 40 minutes on Wednesday
    Arron Afflalo played 40 minutes in the starting lineup against the Pistons on Wednesday with 15 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's getting a ton of run at shooting guard and has clearly the preferred option over Randy Foye. Afflalo will likely be scoring in the teens with multiple treys along the way, so he should be in just about all lineups right now.
    Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Pau Gasol notches 21 & 11 in easy win vs. NYK
    Pau Gasol double-doubled in his Bulls debut with 21 points and 11 rebounds in 29 minutes, as Chicago cruised to an easy win vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Gasol made 7-of-11 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs, but failed to record any assists, steals or blocks. He served a predictably big role in the Bulls' offense, attempting more shots than any other starter, which is a key for his fantasy value. Owners who snagged him in the middle rounds should feel great about the decision.
    Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich scores 12 pts as fill-in starter
    Kirk Hinrich scored 12 points with three 3-pointers, one rebound and one steal in 24 minutes on Wednesday, while filling in at SG in place of Jimmy Butler (thumb).

    Advice: Hinrich hit 4-of-10 field goals and his temporary starting gig doesn't do much for his fantasy value. As a starter in 61 games last year without Derrick Rose, for instance, he averaged a thoroughly mediocre 9.4 points on 39.2 percent shooting, 1.2 threes, 2.7 boards, 3.9 assists and 1.2 steals.
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Rudy Gobert plays 20 minutes in season debut
    Rudy Gobert played 20 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday with one point, three rebounds, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: He didn't look too lost out there and set up shop around the rim. Gobert is going to have a lot of quiet nights like this one to start the season, so he's more of a stash player than someone fantasy owners should be counting on right now.
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Mo Williams scores 18 off MIN bench
    Mo Williams hit 6-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 18 points, four assists and a steal in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: He's backing up Ricky Rubio and played very well tonight. He also looked good in the preseason, and could be someone owners in deep leagues, and in need of a point guard, should think about adding.
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
    5:00 pm vs Det
  • Anthony Bennett plays just 14 minutes
    Anthony Bennett played just 14 minutes and hit 4-of-8 shots for nine points, three rebounds and one assist on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rookie Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Dieng both played just 19 minutes, and it's possible Flip Saunders is going to cage the kids on his team. Then again, the Wolves had a chance to win this game, so we'll have to keep a close eye on how the minutes look in the next one.
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Derrick Favors drops huge line against HOU
    Derrick Favors (knee) stuffed the stat sheet against the Rockets on Wednesday with 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists, three steals and four blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 7-of-10 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line, as well. Favors had more plays drawn up for him in coach Quin Snyder's offense and all the pre-season hype seems to be for good reason. Excluding some free throw shooting issues, Favors is going to be awesome this season.
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 21 in opener
    Dwyane Wade had 21 points and two 3-pointers on 8-of-16 shooting, but added just one rebound, three assists and two steals in 31 minutes in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: He also left the game briefly with a bruised left calf, which is obviously a cause for concern. The fact he was able to play through it was nice to see, and no news is good news on Wade's calf. Keep an eye out for an update on Thursday, but consider him probable for his next game. He didn't exactly fill the stat sheet tonight, but as long as he can stay on the court, big lines are on the way.
    Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Shawne Williams struggles in start
    Shawne Williams started at power forward and played 32 minutes, but hit just 1-of-9 shots for three points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was 0-for-6 from downtown, but if he continues to start at PF for the Heat, he's worth keeping a close eye on in fantasy leagues, at least until Josh McRoberts is back in action.
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (hamstring) doesn't return
    Patrick Beverley (hamstring) did not return due to a strained hamstring against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He would not answer questions following the game and he is likely going to be questionable for Saturday. Beverley doesn't have any chronic hamstring issues, but we'll keep you posted if he gets an MRI. He finished with seven points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes. If he misses time, Isaiah Canaan will likely start.
    Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Drew Gooden great in spot start
    Drew Gooden started in place of Nene (suspended) and hit 8-of-11 shots and a 3-pointer for 18 points, five rebounds and an assist on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gooden was great and you should pat yourself on the back if you gave him a spot start tonight. Kevin Seraphin played well in the preseason, but did nothing in limited minutes. Nene will be back for the next one, so Gooden shouldn't be nearly this good next time out.
    Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Kyle Lowry double-doubles, shoots poorly
    Kyle Lowry hit just 3-of-11 shots and missed all three of his 3-point attempts on Wednesday, but still finished with 11 points, six rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and a block in a win over the Hawks.

    Advice: Lowry is poised for a big season and would have had a much better line had he made some shots. This might be a good buy-low opportunity on the point guard.
    Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Terrence Ross does a little of everything
    Terrence Ross had 13 points and three 3-pointers on 5-of-11 shooting Wednesday, and added three rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in a start at SF.

    Advice: Ross' scoring will likely be inconsistent this season, but if he's doing the dirty work as he did tonight, he'll be worth owning in all leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe gets tossed after nice stat line
    Eric Bledsoe was ejected for his second technical foul during the third quarter of Wednesday's game against the Lakers.

    Advice: He was tied up, had a bloody lip, and kicked the scorer's table to get an early ticket to the locker room. Bledsoe finished with 16 points, nine assists, six rebounds and three 3-pointers on 5-of-7 from the field. It's so far, so good with the three-headed monster at point guard, but this did come against the Lakers.
    Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Shaun Livingston targeting Saturday return
    Shaun Livingston is expected to return to action on Saturday, Nov. 1 against the Lakers after missing the start of the season with a toe injury.

    Advice: Livingston will see minutes backing up both guard spots for the Dubs this season, but would likely need for one of them to get injured in order to be worth owning in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 5:21 pm
  • Drew Gooden starting in place of Nene
    Drew Gooden will start in place of Nene (suspended) on Wednesday.

    Advice: With both Nene and DeJuan Blair suspended for this one, and Kris Humphries (finger) a game-time decision, Gooden and Kevin Seraphin should both play a bit role in tonight's game.
    Yesterday, 3:52 pm
  • Derrick Favors is ready to go on Wednesday
    Derrick Favors (knee) went through shootaround on Wednesday and will play against the Rockets.

    Advice: He already announced he's 100 percent and will be ready to roll. The Rockets will actually have to deal with an interior presence tonight after taking care of business at Staples Center on Tuesday. Favors does get a matchup against Dwight Howard, so he might not start quite as fast as we hoped.
    Yesterday, 11:56 am
  • Shaun Livingston still doubtful for Wed.
    Shaun Livingston (toe) is not expected to play on Wednesday.

    Advice: This echoes the Tuesday news, but Livingston is getting close to his GSW debut and has been practicing. Leandro Barbosa will play behind Stephen Curry tonight.
    Yesterday, 11:38 am
  • Patrick Beverley shuts down J-Lin in opener
    Patrick Beverley tortured Jeremy Lin defensively on Tuesday, while chipping in nine points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds and five assists during the Rockets' season-opening 108-90 win vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Beverley no longer has to compete with former teammate Lin for playing time, as he did last season, which should free him to realize his potential. His career per-36-minute stats offer a reasonable baseline for fantasy owners' expectations -- 11.7 points, 1.9 triples, 4.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.6 blocks and a stingy 1.6 turnovers.
    Tuesday, 10:58 pm
  • Shaun Livingston (toe) remains doubtful
    Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) scrimmaged on Tuesday, but he remains doubtful for Wednesday's season opener vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Livingston is making progress, but his backup role and lack of a 3-point shot really limits his fantasy value. He's likely going to have his minimal minutes limited as head coach Steve Kerr eases him back into things, and the waiver wire seems like a suitable place for the 10-year veteran.
    Tuesday, 2:37 pm
  • Derrick Favors practices, probable for Wed.
    Derrick Favors (knee) practiced on Tuesday and is probable to face the Rockets on Wednesday

    Advice: He's been out of action since Friday due to soreness, but it was never considered serious and he even said his knee feels 100 percent. Favors had three double-doubles in his last five preseason games with 1.2 blocks per game in just 24.0 minutes, so big things could be coming in his age-23 season. Get him in your lineup.
    Tuesday, 12:03 pm
  • Funaki Time: Steven Adams wins starting C job
    Steven Adams has officially won the starting center job.

    Advice: He'll start next to Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson, Perry Jones III and Serge Ibaka. Adams is a project on offense, but he did make 60.0 percent of his 8.0 shots per game in his last five preseason games. Plus, he'll be grabbing plenty of boards and add some blocks. Basically, he'll be a cheaper version of Andre Drummond, which means he's worth owning in most leagues, especially considering how thin OKC is right now.
    Tuesday, 10:35 am
  • Derrick Favors (knee) did not practice Monday
    Derrick Favors (knee) did not practice on Monday, but he remains probable for Utah's season opener vs. the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He just has some minor knee soreness, and we'd be shocked if he didn't suit up Wednesday. Favors is a breakout candidate, and will look to build on last season's averages of 13.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.
    Monday, 3:08 pm
  • Shaun Livingston (toe) doubtful for opener
    Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) was limited during Monday's practice, and he remains doubtful for the Warriors season opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: Livingston is a guy that offers much more to his actual team, than he does to a fantasy squad, and he's not on the radar in standard leagues. We're not expecting him to suit up for opening night, as Kerr has stated he'd like to get Livingston's conditioning in check before he sees time on the court.
    Monday, 2:15 pm
  • Josh Smith to begin season as starting PF
    Josh Smith is expected to begin the seasons as the starting power forward in Detroit.

    Advice: With Greg Monroe suspended the first two games and then expected to play off the bench thereafter, Smith will move back to his natural power forward spot alongside Andre Drummond. Smith has promised to dial it back from three-point range since Stan Van Gundy took over, but we'll believe it when we see it.
    Monday, 8:04 am
  • Report: Debate about how to use Iguodala
    There is an "internal debate" about the best way to use Andre Iguodala (knee tendinitis) this season, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Advice: Per the SF Chronicle, "there's internal debate about whether it’s better to play Iguodala about 25 minutes per game 75 times or about 35 minutes per game 50 times." Iguodala is expected to begin the season in a sixth man role behind Harrison Barnes, but he's been lukewarm about embracing the role so far.
    Monday, 7:19 am
  • Bulls' 4Q rotation may change game by game
    Tom Thibodeau suggested that his frontcourt rotation in fourth quarters will be determined on a game-by-game basis between Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson.

    Advice: "We have three really good interior players [Thibodeau] feels comfortable can finish," said Gasol. "He said he's going to put the guys out there he feels more confident and comfortable to win that particular game." Thibs didn't comment to reporters, other than to say that he'll "always ... do what's best for the team." Fantasy owners can expect to see varied frontcourt pairings in the early part of the season, though it's unlikely Noah will be the odd-man out.
    Sunday, 5:14 pm
  • Kerr leans toward Andre Iguodala as sixth-man
    Steve Kerr is still leaning toward using Andre Iguodala as the Warriors' sixth-man on opening night.

    Advice: Kerr called Iguodala the team's "most impactful player" during the preseason. His playmaking could be particularly useful off the bench while Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) is recovering, so there's a chance that Iggy's bench role will be short-lived. For now, at least, Harrison Barnes projects as the starting SF.
    Sunday, 1:24 pm
  • Shaun Livingston (toe) returns to practice
    Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) practiced on Sunday but he remains doubtful for the Warriors' season opener.

    Advice: Golden State is playing it safe with Livingston, whom they'll rely on for playmaking with the second unit. He's a better real-world fit with the Warriors than he is in fantasy leagues, where his lack of 3-point shooting and injury history keeps him off the standard-league radar.
    Sunday, 12:29 pm
  • Kyle Singler will enter season as starting SF
    Kyle Singler will enter the 2014-15 season as the Pistons' starting small forward.

    Advice: Singler will start, but he's not likely to get very many touches on offense, and doesn't look like someone worth owning in standard leagues. With Singler starting at small forward, Josh Smith will likely slide over to the four-spot, and Greg Monroe will head to the bench.
    Sunday, 10:26 am
  • Report: Klay frustrated with extension talks
    Klay Thompson is reportedly frustrated that the Warriors have yet to offer him a max-deal in their ongoing extension talks.

    Advice: The Dubs have until Friday to get a deal done, and Klay is seeking something in the ballpark of $15 million per season, according to sources. While the Warriors have reportedly improved their initial offer, they still haven't offered a full max-deal. Thompson had a terrific preseason, is a focal point of the Warriors offense, and was a key piece to Team USA bringing home the gold during the FIBA World Cup this offseason. If he and the Warriors organization do not come to terms by Friday, Klay will become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season.
    Sunday, 7:09 am
  • Ben McLemore passes concussion test
    Ben McLemore (eye) received five stitches above his right eye, and passed his precautionary concussion test.

    Advice: McLemore was disappointing last season, and even though he has made strides in the preseason, it appears he will be locked in a timeshare with promising rookie Nik Stauskas. Neither player should be targeted in standard leagues, although Stauskas would be the better choice in deep leagues.
    Saturday, 1:37 pm
  • Derrick Favors (sore knee) not practicing
    Derrick Favors (knee) is not practicing on Saturday.

    Advice: He just has knee soreness and there's no reason to be concerned. He is shifting to center and has already seen his assists go up in the preseason, so there are a lot of things to like the former No. 3 pick of the 2010 draft. He is a good bet to break out this season at 23 years old.
    Saturday, 12:38 pm
  • Jazz pick up option for Gobert
    The Jazz exercised their third-year option on Rudy Gobert.

    Advice: He was the talk of summer league and it's carried over into the preseason. Gobert will be in the mix for leaders in blocks and rebounds per 48 minutes, and is certainly on the radar for any owner seeking help in those areas.
    Saturday, 9:21 am
  • Klay Klay: Thompson scores 35 points
    Klay Thompson scored 35 points against the Nuggets during a 119-112 win on Friday, making 13-of-26 from the field with three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Well, someone is playing like they want a max deal. The 3.5 triples per game over his last six games is not a shock, but he has a surprising 1.8 blocks per game in limited playing time over his last four. He did have a massive preseason last year, so fantasy owners shouldn't put too much stock into the past month. However, he's still a terrific guy to take in the fourth round.
    Friday, 10:34 pm
  • Pau Gasol has seven TOs in preseason finale
    Pau Gasol had six points, eight rebounds, one assist and four blocks in Friday's loss to the Wolves, but he also had seven turnovers in 24 minutes of action.

    Advice: This sub-par game isn't a concern, and Gasol's basketball IQ is too high to worry about how he'll adjust to his new team. It's worth noting that he rode the bench during the final few minutes of a close game tonight, ceding the frontcourt to Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, which could be a sign of things to come.
    Friday, 7:45 pm
  • Kyle Lowry posts 12-7-8 in preseason finale
    Kyle Lowry was in regular-season form vs. the Knicks on Friday, chipping in 12 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and one steal in the Raptors' home victory.

    Advice: K-Low doesn't have the cachet as other PGs like Damian Lillard or Kyrie Irving, but he's every bit as valuable for fantasy purposes. He was a second-round value last year and enters the 2014-15 season as a clear-cut leader for the Raptors, so there's nothing preventing him from a repeat performance.
    Friday, 7:13 pm
  • Derrick Favors (sore knee) out for Friday
    Derrick Favors will not play on Friday due to left knee soreness.

    Advice: He's only missed one game due to knee problems and that was back in 2012, so we're not concerned. Favors was a beast in his last five preseason games, averaging 13.0 points, 8.4 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.2 blocks and 0.6 steals in just 24.0 minutes. We still love him as a player to target in the late-early rounds.
    Friday, 4:25 pm
  • Marcus Morris playing well through preseason
    Marcus Morris has been playing well through the preseason, and he's been the Suns' best 3-point shooter going 8-of-19 from beyond the arc.

    Advice: "It's good to see Marcus very confident when he gets an open 3," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. "He's done a nice job rebounding. He obviously worked hard in the summer on things. We're going to need him." Morris will be the teams' starting small forward for the first three games of the season as P.J. Tucker will be serving a suspension, but depending on how he plays, he could end up supplanting Tucker in the starting lineup. Morris is deserving of a late-round flier for owners seeking some 3-point shooting, and he could be a steal if he nabs the starting job.
    Friday, 10:20 am
  • Patrick Beverley worked on his offensive game
    Patrick Beverley worked hard this offseason to improve his offensive game.

    Advice: "I’m going to let the game come to me, but I worked extremely hard on my offensive game this summer. I’m very confident. I’m more confident in pick-and-roll. I’m stronger with my shot. My shot feels good." Beverley is set to become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, and he is aware of the importance of his performance this year. He shot 45 percent from 3-point range through seven preseason games, which is an encouraging sign, but the offense in Houston still runs through James Harden. Beverley isn't going to rack of the assists, but he's good for some steals, some 3-pointers, and solid percentages. With the departure of Jeremy Lin, Beverley is going to get all the minutes he can handle, and in a contract year, we like Beverley as a late-round sleeper pick.
    Friday, 7:02 am
  • Kyle Singler drops an efficient 19 points
    Kyle Singler scored a game-high 19 points against the Sixers on Thursday with three rebounds, three steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Yes, this line comes with a grain of salt when "against the Sixers" is in the opening sentence, but Singler has made it clear he deserves minutes. If Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) isn't healthy, the Duke product should be a factor in fantasy leagues. He's still not a terrific target in standard leagues at this time.
    Thursday, 8:54 pm
  • Josh Smith flirts with a triple double Thurs.
    Josh Smith flirted with a triple-double against the 76ers on Thursday with 17 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

    Advice: It was easily his best game and it came with Greg Monroe getting some rest. Smith still only made 38.2 percent from the field in his previous three games and his shot selection isn't much better, so he's still very unlikely to be above 45 percent this season. Plus, he's made just 47.6 percent at the line this month. Besides the shooting, Smith should be very good, so he's worth a look in the middle rounds.
    Thursday, 8:32 pm
  • Mark Jackson thinks Klay Thompson worth max
    Former Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said that he thinks Klay Thompson is worth a max contract.

    Advice: As the deadline to keep Thompson from becoming a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season approaches, Jackson made his feelings clear about his former player. "He’s a guy that will make a boatload of money and in my opinion the best two-way shooting guard in the world, and it’s not even close," Jackson said. "He’s got to get [the max contract]." Thompson has had a strong preseason and is a safe early-round target for fantasy owners due to his three-point shooting prowess.
    Thursday, 6:48 am
  • Eric Bledsoe lights it up for 27 in loss
    Eric Bledsoe hit 6-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers on his way to 27 points, one rebound, two assists and two steals on Wednesday.

    Advice: He also hit 12-of-14 free throws, and looked fantastic tonight. However, Goran Dragic stunk, finishing with four points on 2-of-8 shooting, and Isaiah Thomas played just 17 minutes off the bench. This three-headed guard in Phoenix isn't going away any time soon, and while all three players are going to be worth owning, they're also going to cause a different hot hand from night-to-night. It was Bledsoe's turn in this one, while Thomas was hot coming in. Goran, you're up.
    Wednesday, 10:35 pm
  • Marcus Morris plays well again for Suns
    Marcus Morris started at SF again and hit 4-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a block.

    Advice: He's been playing as well, if not better, than his brother and is in line to start at least the first three games of the season. P.J. Tucker is suspended for those games, and by the time he returns, it's possible Marcus could have the job full time. And if that happens, it's also not great news for Gerald Green.
    Wednesday, 10:29 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 11 in exhibition win
    Kyle Lowry returned from a rest on Wednesday and hit 3-of-7 shots for 11 points, three rebounds and six assists in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He missed all four of his 3-point attempts, but on a night the Raps turned it over 25 times, Lowry only had two of them. He got paid $48 million by the Raptors over the summer and all signs are pointing to a big season.
    Wednesday, 7:40 pm
  • Terrence Ross scores 11 on Wednesday
    Terrence Ross hit just 4-of-12 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, four rebounds, one assist and two steals in 20 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's hit double figures in scoring in three straight games and appears to be ready for the season to start. He'll start at small forward for the Raps and while he's not going to set any records, he's worth a late look in fantasy leagues. Small forward appears to be the thinnest position out there this season.
    Wednesday, 7:35 pm
  • Thunder extend Steven Adams
    The Thunder exercised their third-year option on Steven Adams.

    Advice: For the second preseason in a row, Adams has been one of the best young big men in the league. This time around, he should get a chance to start over Kendrick Perkins (quad). He's on the radar as a late-round target.
    Wednesday, 5:14 pm
  • Mo Williams getting some rest on Wed.
    Mo Williams will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's likely just getting rest and we'll let you know if anything comes up on the injury front. Williams might actually have some low-end fantasy value and compare to Jamal Crawford, but fantasy owners in standard leagues might want to swing for the fences instead.
    Wednesday, 3:56 pm
    5:00 pm vs Det
  • Dwyane Wade plays well on Tuesday
    Dwyane Wade hit 11-of-17 shots and a 3-pointer for 26 points, two rebounds, six assists and a block on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's back. How long his body will allow him to be back is anyone's guess, but he's the best player on the Heat by a mile, and is going to return first-round value as long as he's healthy enough to play.
    Tuesday, 8:29 pm
  • Shawne Williams looks like starting PF
    Shawne Williams looks like the starting power forward for the Heat, at least until Josh McRoberts is ready to go.

    Advice: Williams hasn't blown anyone's doors off this preseason and had seven points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and a 3-pointer on Tuesday. He did score 19 last Friday, but has scored eight or fewer points in five of his last six preseason games. But if you're in a deep league and need a starter late, it looks like Williams will be there until McBob is back from his toe surgery.
    Tuesday, 8:25 pm
  • Patrick Beverley struggles on Tuesday
    Patrick Beverley started and hit just 2-of-8 shots for four points, one rebound, three assists and four fouls on Tuesday.

    Advice: He still seems more interested in frustrating opposing point guards than getting his shots, but he still has a chance to be a solid point guard in fantasy. Especially with Jason Terry backing him up right now.
    Tuesday, 8:11 pm
  • Steven Adams goes for 9-8-2 in start
    Steven Adams made another start on Tuesday and had nine points, eight rebounds and two blocks in a loss to Utah.

    Advice: Adams has had a nice preseason and looks like the starting center for the Thunder. Don't jump on him too early, but he's worth a late pick in all formats given his potential for minutes and his strong preseason play.
    Tuesday, 8:01 pm
  • Derrick Favors double-doubles in win
    Derrick Favors had 12 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks on 3-of-7 shooting in 29 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: He hit 6-of-9 free throws and all signs are pointing to big things from Favors this season.
    Tuesday, 7:52 pm
  • Mo Williams nearly double-doubles in win
    Mo Williams nearly double-doubled off the bench on Tuesday with 13 points, nine assists, two steals and a 3-pointer on 5-of-9 shooting Tuesday.

    Advice: This is a reminder that Williams can still play. He's going to have trouble getting a lot of run behind Ricky Rubio, but could be a source of instant offense off the Wolves bench. If you're desperate at point guard late in your draft, he might be worth a look.
    Tuesday, 7:42 pm
    5:00 pm vs Det
  • Anthony Bennett scores 17 points in 17 min.
    Anthony Bennett got hot and hit 7-of-9 shots for 17 points, five rebound and a steal in just 17 minutes off the bench on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bennett looked very good tonight, but Andrew Wiggins wasn't playing and Thaddeus Young had a quiet game. Bennett is worth keeping a close eye on going forward, and showed no signs of a knee injury that's been bothering him lately.
    Tuesday, 7:39 pm
  • Morris twins starting for Suns
    Both Markieff and Marcus Morris are in the starting lineup for the Suns on Tuesday, along with Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Miles Plumlee.

    Advice: We could see this lineup for the first three games of the regular season with P.J. Tucker suspended. And if Marcus continues to play well alongside his brother, it could stick even after Tucker is ready.
    Tuesday, 6:18 pm
  • Shaun Livingston not expected for opener
    Coach Steve Kerr says it's "highly doubtful" that Shaun Livingston (toe) will play in the opener on Oct. 29.

    Advice: Livingston keeps saying he hopes to be ready, but it doesn't sound likely to happen. He'll help back up both guard spots occupied by the league's most exciting backcourt duo - Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
    Tuesday, 5:55 pm
  • Williams, Cole starting for Heat Tuesday
    Shawne Williams is starting at PF and Norris Cole is starting at SG for the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's thought that this is a dress rehearsal for opening night, and if so, Williams and Cole will be joined by Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng and Chris Bosh as starters. Cole has started every game since the preseason opener (over Mario Chalmers) and Williams has been starting over injured Josh McRoberts. Both potential starters have some fantasy intrigue for now.
    Tuesday, 4:14 pm
  • Anthony Bennett (knee) expects to play Tue.
    Anthony Bennett (sore knee) expects to play vs. the Pacers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) is also returning to action, leaving Minnesota with a blank injury report for the first time this preseason. Bennett's backup role makes him someone to avoid in 12-team fantasy leagues, but he's worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses.
    Tuesday, 12:30 pm
  • Gasol (back) logs 32 minutes vs. Cavs
    Pau Gasol played through his minor back issue in Monday's exhibition against the Cavs, scoring 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting with eight rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: It's a great sign that Gasol played so much in a game that was more competitive than your average preseason game, but we don't want to read into things too much since Pau was the only starter to get extended run. He's currently being taken in the middle rounds and 'if' he plays close to starter's minutes that will obviously be a bargain.
    Monday, 6:53 pm
  • Rudy Gobert plays 26 minutes on Sunday
    Rudy Gobert played a preseason-high 26 minutes against the Lakers on Sunday with eight points, 10 rebounds, one assist and four blocks.

    Advice: He played 25 minutes on Friday and his minutes are starting to rise. Gobert played more than 22 minutes just twice last season and he'll have a shot to play more than 20 per game this year. If he keeps blocking shots at the rate he's been on in the preseason, he could be a specialist in fantasy leagues.
    Oct 20, 6:20 am
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